Tennis fans are rejoicing as the 2013 Australian Open is underway. While there’s been a fair share of upsets so far, there will still be a couple more shockers down the road. Let’s take a look at two possible upsets that have a chance of happening in the tournament.
Jérémy Chardy over Andy Murray
A lot of people are expecting the final four men left in the Australian Open to be Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, David Ferrer and Murray. Those four are also the top four seeds at the Open. However, the one guy I can see crashing his way into the semi-finals would be Frenchman Jeremy Chardy. Even though he wasn’t seeded, he certainly hasn’t been playing like it. He’s beaten 30th seed Marcel Granollers, 21st seed Andreas Seppi and, most impressively, 6th seed Juan Martin del Potro.
This could be Chardy's breakthrough tournament. He's played brilliantly so far.
Now Chardy will be taking on the third-seeded Murray. And Chardy has upset Murray before. The last time he played Murray, Chardy beat him 6-4, 6-4 in the 2012 Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati. An upset at the Australian Open would solidify Chardy as a dangerous player in the tennis world.
Li Na over Agnieszka Radwańska
Na, the sixth-seeded woman, will be taking on the fourth-seeded Radwańska today in the Australian Open quarterfinals. The two women have played each other nine times previously, with Na winning five of those matches. While Na hasn’t been tested so far, Radwańska has yet to even drop a set in her four matches played in the Open. But Radwańska has never advanced past the quarterfinals the four times she’s played at the Australian Open.
While the knack on Na’s game is her inconsistency, she's been a more improved player since beating Radwańska in the China Open. Na’s ability to hit powerful shots (especially with her forehand) along with outstanding movement around the court gives her the advantage in this match. Her experience is also a plus.
Na should be able to prevail over her rival once again.